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Energy Update - April 2017

April 1, 2017

The number of drilling rigs at work in Texas rose to a count of 494, according to a March 24th report by Baker Hughes. Nationally, there were 809 rigs at work, up from 754 at this time last month. Overall, US crude production is rising gradually and currently stands at 9,147 million barrels/day. Meanwhile, the price of West Texas crude has decreased this month from $54.01/barrel to $49.51/barrel.

Texas Water Development Board approves $200,000 to the City of Toyah (Reeves County) for water system improvements

March 29, 2017

AUSTIN – (March 29, 2017) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $200,000 in loan forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to the City of Toyah (Reeves County). The City will use the assistance to finance the planning, design, and construction costs associated with water system improvements.

The City will use the assistance to make improvements at its water treatment plant. In addition, the City will evaluate the feasibility and cost effectiveness of replacing its current surface water supply with groundwater.

Press Conference: Sen. Uresti Pushes Legislation for Tougher Punishments of Child Abusers

March 10, 2017

Senator Uresti was joined by Senator Donna Campbell, Senator Jose Menendez, State Representative Barbara Gervin-Hawkins, State Representative Thomas Uresti, and Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood for a press conference at the Capitol in Austin to discuss legislation that will increase punishments for chronic abusers of children, the elderly, and the disabled.

You can watch the press conference by clicking here.

Senate Bill 11 Passes the Senate

March 1, 2017

Austin, TX—Today the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 11. Joint authored by Senate Health and Human Services Committee Vice Chairman Senator Uresti along with Chairman Schwertner and Finance Chairwomen Nelson, SB 11 will bring much needed reforms to Child Protective Services (CPS) policies, improve contract oversight, and expand health care services for children and youth in foster care.

Senate Honors Texas Medal of Arts Recipients

March 1, 2017

The Texas Medal of the Arts Award, presented by the Texas Cultural Trust, recognizes exceptional artists, as well as art institutions and businesses whose generosity has fostered artistic opportunity. In order to be selected, artists must not only be extraordinarily talented but also have vision and tremendous dedication.

The Texas Medal of the Arts Award highlights the importance and continued relevance of the arts in Texas. Senator Uresti offered his congratulations on the Senate Floor to the 2017 recipients and the Cultural Trust with Senate Resolution 265. 

Session Watch: Emergency Items Hit the Senate Floor

March 1, 2017

As we complete the first month of the 85th Legislative Session, the Senate has passed several pieces of legislation relating to the Governor's emergency items. Bills that address those emergency items are the only bills that may be heard during the first 60 days of the legislative session.

This session, Governor Greg Abbot proclaimed 5 emergency items in his State of the State Address. A few items that were widely expected to be included, such as private school vouchers, were left off the list.  Items named include: banning “sanctuary cities”, overhauling Texas’ broken child welfare system, implementing ethics reform, and approving a resolution to support a convention of states to change the U.S. constitution.

Message from Carlos - March 2017

March 1, 2017

The Capitol has been a busy place, as my office has hosted leaders from Uvalde, Zavala, Kinney, and Maverick counties for county days. Each delegation provided me with meaningful insight on legislation that will directly impact their county. I appreciate our leaders for making the trip and sharing their legislative priorities, and I am eager to welcome more counties in the coming weeks.

Texas’ troubled Child Protective Services (CPS) and foster care systems are back at the forefront. This week, the Senate passed Senate Bill 11, a package of bipartisan reforms I am joint-authoring that would reform CPS in order to address the state’s systematic failure to protect vulnerable youth.

Energy Update - March 2017

March 1, 2017

The number of drilling rigs at work in Texas rose to a count of 386, according to a February 24th report by Baker Hughes, an oil services firm. Nationally, there were 754 rigs at work, a number that has been steadily increasing for several months. Overall, US crude production rose throughout the month, now about 9,001 million barrels/day – although this remains slightly down from 9,102 million barrels/day from this time last year.

Uresti Brothers Take Oath of Office

February 1, 2017

AUSTIN, TX—Senator Carlos Uresti and newly elected State Representative Tomas Uresti took their respective oaths of office Tuesday at the Texas State Capitol. The 140-day legislative session runs through May 29th. The brothers are the first siblings in Texas to serve concurrently representing House and Senate districts since 1940.

“This is an exciting day for our family and for our supporters. Our parents instilled in us the importance of serving our community, and the opportunity to do so together at the Capitol is an honor for our family. Now that we’re sworn in, I think I can speak for both of us and say that it’s time to get to work.” said Senator Carlos Uresti.

Sen. Uresti’s Committee Assignments to Serve District 19 Well

February 1, 2017

Austin, TX—Committee assignments for the 85th Legislative Session are official and Senator Carlos Uresti will maintain his appointment to the powerful Senate Finance Committee, and receive a promotion to Vice-Chair on the Health and Human Services Committee. In tune with the needs of Senate District 19, Sen. Uresti will serve on the Education, and Veteran Affairs & Border Security Committees.